Sunday, October 11, 2009

White Chocolate Bread

I came across this recipe for Club Med's White Ch0cocolate Bread and the description of the finished product sounded so delicious, I had to try it. The description also mentioned it was good the next day as toast, so I was sold.

Throw in a rainy day and nothing much else to do, and today was the time to try the recipe.

It's a very simple recipe, here's a step by step with pictures. Now, I'm not a "baker" at all... I've actually never baked anything other than slice-your-own cookies... so the "lightly kneading" part of the recipe confused me and I'm not sure I got right. The dough was a little too watery to stay in a "ball" as called for, so I added some flour and got a round shape, not exactly ball -like.

Step 1) Mix ingredients in a bowl and use electric mixer for 12 minutes.

Step 2) Make sure daughter has something to play with.

Step 3) Don't give daughter a white chocolate chip or she will practice sign language for "more" for 12 minutes.

(Click on this picture to get huge piece of cuteness.)

Step 4) Empty bowl and lightly knead dough into a ball. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Step 5) Convince daughter chips are "all gone", chase her from toilet bowl where she tried to drown the remote.

Step 6) Clean sticky dough off remote, daughter, the camera, computer, and your hands.

Step 7) Preheat oven to 450.

Step 8)Cut the dough into 4 portions and knead into the desired form. (Note: These looked like loaves of cr-p when I saw them on the rack, ready to bake.)

Step 9) I made this step up, it's not in the original recipe, but I thought it was a good idea: Scramble an egg and use a brush to brush one light layer of egg onto the bread's crust.

Step 10) Bake for 20 minutes or until evenly brown on parchment paper. Do NOT believe your friend when you call her from the grocery and she tells you wax paper is just as good. Wax paper burns. I had a house full of black smoke. The fire alarm, amazingly, did not wake Charlie up from her nap even though she was sleeping right underneath it.

(Click on this pic to actually see smoke commencing.)

Ta dahh!!!!!! Doesn't it look FABULOUS? YUM! It tastes like heaven on a rainy day, I can tell you that much. Feel free to copy the recipe below (the real one). If you do copy it, please leave a comment so I know whether to continue trying recipes on this blog or not.
Up top is what it's supposed to look like, this is what it actually looks like...

And yes, I did give some to Charlie, even though there is sugar in the bread.... at least it's made from scratch and not refined bread with 50 ingredients (check out Wonder Bread or Sarah Lee's ingredient list!!!! They have 100 ingredients, mostly chemicals!). I also used King Arthur flour and saw they had whole wheat flour, so next time I may try it with whole wheat and make it a healthier option.

Club Med Sandpiper's White Chocolate Bread
41/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
21/2 cups water
21/3 cups white chocolate chips

Place the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a small bowl, and mix with an electric mixer.

Mix on medium-low speed for 1 minute. Add water, and mix another 12 minutes on medium or second speed. Add the chips and mix for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the chips are well distributed throughout the dough.

Take dough out of the bowl and lightly knead into a ball. Let rest for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut the dough into 4 portions and knead into the desired form. (Note: These looked like French bread loaves when we saw them on the rack, ready to bake.)

Place the loaves on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Makes 20 servings (4 loaves).


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of your gardening, baking, and generally healthy food choices. It is really amazing that you can do it all. You go!

Anonymous said...

And, I forgot to say, I love the toddler-oriented directions (esp. the part about Charlie doing the "more" sign for 20 minutes :) Super cute. danicuz

Single PAP said...

OMG! When i was at Club Med a couple of years ago i fell in LOVE with the white chocolate bread! it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing!! I brought back the recipe but i never made it cause i knew that would spell serious trouble for me (and serious pounds!!)